Issue 2
Monday, 01 April 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
The late Associate Professor Bronwyn Myers (centre), Sam Pickering (second from left) and Dr Penny Wurm (third from left) with colleagues from Indonesian university partners Satya Wacana Christian University and Nusa Cendana University
The late Associate Professor Bronwyn Myers (centre), Sam Pickering (second from left) and Dr Penny Wurm (third from left) with colleagues from Indonesian university partners Satya Wacana Christian University and Nusa Cendana University

CDU team given nod by academic peers

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

A team of CDU academics has won a prestigious national citation from Universities Australia for their teaching in eastern Indonesia.

Dr Penny Wurm, the late Associate Professor Bronwyn Myers, Rohan Fisher, Sam Pickering and Pia Harkness were recognised as being exceptional university teachers.

Team leader Dr Penny Wurm said the award was for the “Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive”, offered by the College of Engineering, IT and Environment, in partnership with Indonesian universities.

“It is based on long-term relationships with Linamnutu village in west Timor. The curriculum was created with the aim of developing students’ genuine understanding of regional problems, such as barriers to effective irrigated rice farming and agriculture,” Dr Wurm said.

“After each intensive, results were discussed with the village community and then provided to the district government in South Central Timor and relevant non-profit organisations.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor Education Strategy, Professor Robert Fitzgerald said he was proud of his team’s recognition.

“These awards are very competitive and very prestigious within the academic community,” Professor Fitzgerald said.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching.